Ellen Klages's award-winning debut novel is now in paperback!
It is 1943, and eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is en route to New Mexico, to live with her mathematician father. Soon she arrives at a town that, officially, doesn't exist. It is called Los Alamos, and it is abuzz with activity, as scientists and mathematicians from all over America and Europe work on the biggest secret of all“the gadget.” None of themnot J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project; not the mathematicians and scientists; and least of all, Deweyknow how much “the gadget” is about to change their lives.
...intense but accessible page-turner, firmly belongs to the girls and their families; history and story are drawn together with confidence. (The Horn Book Magazine, starred review)